Municipal regulations that set minimum standards of construction, design and material to protect public health and safety. Usually incorporate ADA guidelines.
Restrictions created and contained in the deed that limit a property's use, occupancy, and improvements. (Can apply to one parcel (private deed restriction) or an entire subdivision (restrictive covenants). These restrictions "run with the property" and bind future owners).
One who constructs a development's infrastructure like streets, sewers and common areas. May build actual structures or sell improved lots to builders.
Existing property use that conflicts with new zoning. Frequently occurs when cities "annex" unincorporated areas.
A permit granted to a property owner whose use is in conflict with zoning but permitted because it is deemed a public benefit.
Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act
Federal laws regulating the sale of unimproved lots across state lines. Requires disclosure of pertinent facts such as actual improvements in place, and availability of utilities.
Area of land between two parcels of different uses or zoning. Designed to create a more peaceful transition between the two uses.
One who cuts or divides a larger parcel into multiple smaller parcels, such as in the creation of a neighborhood or subdivision.
Permission from the zoning board to "vary" from some part of the zoning. Not a change in the zoning, just permission to vary from it in one or more aspects. (i.e. A business seeking a store front sign three feet taller than allowed may seek a variance).
Municipal regulations that limit the use, density and character of real property. Zoning is the primary method of implementing the city's "master plan."
Certificate of occupancy
Official permit issued by the municipal building inspector certifying that the improvements comply with the building code.
A change in zoning from one classification to another.